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Signs of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss frequently goes unnoticed because it can happen so gradually that the individual can be in denial. Without realizing it, they often stop socializing with family, friends, and in social settings because communicating becomes too much of a struggle to understand what is being said. Here are some common signs of hearing loss:


  • speaking louder than necessary in conversation
  • constantly asking for words to be repeated
  • straining to hear
  • misunderstanding conversations, especially in noisy situations
  • favouring one ear
  • thinking that people always mumble
  • turning the television or radio up louder than usual
  • having difficulty hearing on the telephone
  • withdrawing from social contacts
  • ringing or buzzing in one or both ears
  • appearing dull and disinterested, slow to respond, or just not appearing “quite with it”